Copper And Ice

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January 22, 2013

Merryl Brown creates contrasting environments for delighted guests.

Guests for a recent corporate holiday event were first warmed by the copper glow of an elegant dinner, and then ushered into a glittering ice palace for an evening of dancing and entertainment. The team at Merryl Brown Events produced an entire weekend of events for their client at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, CA.

It began with a copper draped dinner party for 700 guests in a large ballroom adorned with stunning copper details including copper centerpieces with James Story orchids and wild grasses and masses of candlelights, with dramatic lighting by Images by Lighting. Walls were up lit in copper lighting creating a warm glow and an intimate feeling within the large ballroom.

After dinner, guests entered a tented dance party with white and crystal decor, including dozens of white branches from Jackson Shrub strung with 2,400 icicles by the team at John Daly International, magnificent chandeliers and cocktail tables from Rrivre Works filled with giant crystal ice sculptures with floating candles in crystal candleholders.

Outside the tent, an impressive faux snowstorm was manned by the Rrivre Works team, lasting for five hours and blanketing the grass, flocked oak trees and everything within its reach. Behind the giant white high-gloss Barker dance floor was a 30-foot LED screen showing images of ice, snow, frozen lakes and winter scenes that added to the ice palace theme. On each tufted couch were white faux fur pillows and blankets, allowing guests to wrap themselves in opulence and warmth on that chilly December evening.

The final piece de resistance, was a costumed Cirque du Soleil extreme stilt performer in a custom-designed white and crystal Jack Frost costume who danced with the guests until two in the morning.

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